Felted Woolies are things made from reclaimed, recycled wool. I find wool at thrift stores and garage sales. I clean it, felt it or unravel it, and make new things. I seem to have a bit of trouble focusing on just one project--so I make a lot of different things, practical and not so practical.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Amigurumi Monkey

I've finished my second crocheted animal--I've learned this is called "Amigarumi" and is big in Japan. My guy is based on a pattern from a library book by Elisabeth A. Doherty. She also has an ETSY site. Her version of the monkey is very colorful, and has different legs. I wanted a more realistic monkey, so I modified her pattern. My monkey is about 14 " long, and about 8 inches tall when he is sitting. For my next project, I'm planning a smaller, less complicated bear or rabbit. I'm pretty hooked on this craft--no pun intended!

Oh, and remember my first effort? The mouse? I left him on the kitchen shelf. Either Alex gave him to the cats or the cats climbed up on the counter and got him down. Alex says he didn't take the mouse down, so??? Since these are made of wool, the mouse was pretty fuzzed up after playing with the cats for a few hours, so I rubbed him in catnip, and gave him back to the cats.

I've promised Alex the next project. (I'm keeping Monkey for myself!)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I made a mouse

Okay, so I woke up today--not feeling much better than yesterday--and declared that I would do the bare necessities for work today, and do something fun for myself. So. I made a mouse. I've discovered the ETSY website, and found many cute things there. I don't want to buy anything, I just want to make my own. My favorites, so far, have been knit or crochet animals and toys. So, I went to the library today to get the book for my book club next Monday (I guess I'd better start reading) and checked out four books with knit and crochet animals. I made the smallest animal for which I could find a pattern--this cute little mouse! I'm pretty proud of it. (He is about 3 or 4 inches long, with a 5 or 6 inch tail...) I think I'll try a bigger animal next!!! There are cute monkey and bear patterns out there... Hmmm... What would Alex and Joseph like? This one looks like I should just rub catnip all over it and let the kitties have it. But it is too cute! So I'm keeping him. He is sitting on my desk.